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Judge who blocked ads against Arkansas Supreme Court justice reported receiving income from her husband's law firm

By John Moritz

This article was published May 16, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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In this Feb. 12, 2018, photo, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson sits inside the House chamber while waiting on Gov. Asa Hutchinson to deliver his State of the State address in Little Rock. Goodson is running for re-election and has been targeted in advertising by the Judicial Crisis Network. The same group targeted her during her unsuccessful 2016 bid to become Arkansas chief justice. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)

A Northwest Arkansas judge who ordered that attack ads critical of Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson be taken off the air this week reported receiving income, through his wife, from the law firm of Goodson's husband.

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Print Headline: Records pose ad-case conflict; Judge’s wife had income from Goodson’s spouse’s law firm

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Inquirer51 says... May 16, 2018 at 7:44 a.m.

The fox guarding the henhouse.

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Inquirer51 says... May 16, 2018 at 7:46 a.m.

Strategic and tactical advice sounds like funneling bribes to Congress and Federal officeholders.

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JMort69 says... May 16, 2018 at 8:03 a.m.

Why don't we ask the king of conflicts, Bob Ballinger? He has multiple conflicts with Ecclesia College, attorney, title attorney, state representative, grant sponsor, makes one's head spin. Then, we have medical marijuana. Ballinger's clients, the Truloves, got a grow license from his law partner and MM Commissioner, Travis Story, just a few months after they contributed to Ballinger's campaign. Neither attorney felt compelled to disclose these conflicts. And, Ballinger loudly opposed MM, while his beneficiaries at Ecclesia were trying to steal part of the revenue. I have worked with many lawyers in my 37 year career. The first thing a good one does is check for any conflicts he might have and DISCLOSE them. Ballinger must have studied a different set of laws and rules, because he seems to feel none of the existing ones apply to him. In the end, I bet they will.

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drs01 says... May 16, 2018 at 8:03 a.m.

Ironically, Courtney Goodson's legal move to block ads unfavorable to her has resulted in exposing some of the same kind of sleeze she was attempting to stop. Thanks to the Dem-Gaz staff for exposing this BEFORE the election so voters can see what kind of character we have running for the highest legal office in our state.

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jaywills says... May 16, 2018 at 8:11 a.m.

Apparently, the DG is not the only publication to notice this:

dailycaller(dot)com/2018/05/15/arkansas-judge-restraining-order-reelection-ad/

Always nice to have friendly judges.

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GeneralMac says... May 16, 2018 at 8:47 a.m.

I won't be voting for Courtney Goodson and I urge others to refrain from doing so, also.

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mrcharles says... May 16, 2018 at 9:21 a.m.

Drs01, GOOD comment.

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BigA says... May 16, 2018 at 11:15 a.m.

Appearance of impropriety... See what happens when a reporter does a good job!

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Jfish says... May 16, 2018 at 11:38 a.m.

Agree with drs01, looks like the good ole boy/girl system in Arkansas is alive and well even in our "justice" system.

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GeneralMac says... May 16, 2018 at 3:56 p.m.

" just say NO"................to drugs and Courtney Goodson.

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